New students are assigned a roommate or roommates. Room assignments for first year and transfer students are made based on information provided on the housing form. The student must complete this form thoroughly and honestly. Assignments are made without regard to race, creed, color, sexual orientation or national origin.
Roommate information, including name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of your roommate(s), will be sent via email to your Otterbein account approximately a month prior to the beginning of the school year. Contact your roommate and communicate openly prior to coming to Otterbein University.
Tips for Talking to your New Roommate
Key Factors—Communicating with your roommate is probably the biggest factor in getting along. Roommate issues are often unintentional misunderstandings and roommates are willing to work the problem out. Mutual respect, understanding, consideration and compromise are important.
Keep an Open Mind—Since you probably do not know your roommate, you may not know what to expect. Remember, your roommate may have different values, beliefs and customs. Differences can be exciting learning opportunities. A roommate agreement will be completed about a week after you move into the halls. Discuss this form with your roommate, fill it out together and share a copy with your Resident Assistant. Keep a copy in your room so you can refer to it if issues arise.
Best Roommates Aren’t Always Best Buddies— You were placed together because you share the same living style, not necessarily the same interests. The fact you both love football will not mean a whole lot if one of you likes to get up early and one of you likes to sleep in!
Key Roommate Discussion Items
Think about the following items and then talk them over with your roommate(s):
- What are your study habits?
- How do you deal with stress?
- When do you need to be alone?
- How do you feel about sharing and borrowing?
- Which activities were you involved in before you came to Otterbein?
- How do you hope to get involved at college?
- What would you tell someone about your family or hometown?
- How do you describe your friends from home?
- What are your personal preferences, habits & characteristics?
Incoming students may request to room with another new student attending Otterbein University by completing the Mutual Roommate Request section on the Housing form.